The origins of Labil Grotesk can be traced to a typeface I’ve done as a master’s thesis project in 6 months that was nominated for Czech National Award for Student Design 2016. After 3 years of development, it is finally available in 5 weights (Thin–Bold) with a myriad of alternates conveniently categorised into 8 stylistic sets.
What started out as a first foray into typeface design evolved into a comprehensive sans-serif family of 5 multilingual fonts–supporting Latin Extended-A, i.e. Western European, Central European & Southeastern European languages–plus a wealth of contextual alternates, bonus glyphs and case-sensitive forms easily accessible via OpenType.
The juxtaposition of the balance inherent in static sans-serif letterforms and the concept of instability served as a primary source of inspiration. Mixing formal cues from the archetypal Swiss grotesques with intentionally lopsided features renders the text seemingly affected by the laws of gravity; with letters looking like real objects—falling down or leaning onto the next one.
- November, 2015—November, 2018
Labil Grotesk is out now in 5 weights (€60/single weight, €240 for the whole family of Thin–Bold). Available exclusively through KOMETA Typefaces.
Further weights and variable fonts coming in 2019—free of charge for holders of an existing license.